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Bite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats, from Cupcakes to Cobblers to Custards and Cookies Hardcover – April 13, 2009
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The ultimate collection of mini desserts from a master baker.
Now you can enjoy all of the flavor of full-size portions without any of the guilt. Bite-size desserts make everybody happy. Renowned pastry chef Carole Bloom shows you how to create unforgettable mini desserts—the ideal sweet treats for people who always ask for "just a teeny tiny slice" as well as partygoers who want to splurge on two or even three different bite-size delights.
Treat yourself to a wide assortment of small sweets—including cakes, cupcakes, scones, shortcakes, muffins, pastries, tartlets, turnovers, galettes, cobblers, crips, custards, mousses, puddings, cookies, ice creams, and sorbets. You'll get detailed, easy-to-follow recipe instructions as well as tips on serving mini desserts for parties. Bite-Size Desserts is packed with tiny treasures guaranteed to delight your family and friends.
Recipe Excerpts from Bite-Size Desserts
Creamy Caramel Mousse
Bittersweet Chocolate-Mint Truffle Squares
Nectarine and Walnut Galettes
From the Inside Flap
When you're at a restaurant, do you order a single dessert with multiple forks? Do you ask for "just a teeny tiny slice" whenever someone serves you cake? And if you're at a party, do you prefer a variety of mini dessert choices?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Bite-Size Desserts is the cookbook for you. Created for home bakers who want small desserts with big flavors, it gives you recipes for nearly ninety bite-size delights. These diminutive desserts are ideal for elegant entertaining, but they also make delightful everyday treats.
Master baker Carole Bloom has collected a wide range of mini desserts here, and you're sure to find one (or two or three) that are perfect for every occasion. Wicked Brownie Bites, Double Lemon Meringue Tartlets, ChocolateEspresso Pots de Crème, Spiced Buttermilk Doughnut Holes, Raspberry Sorbet Shots, and Salted CaramelBittersweet Chocolate Truffles are just a few of the petite goodies you'll discover. Throughout, more than forty striking color photographs show you just how appealing these bite-size desserts can be.
Best of all, these little desserts are no more difficult to make than their full-size cousins. The author gives you a complete introduction to the world of small sweets, explaining ingredients and techniques and guiding you to the right equipment, including mini pans and ramekins of all kinds. Exceptionally clear recipe instructions show you how to get great results every time, and Bloom also provides tips on storage as well as recipe shortcuts and variations.
Bite-Size Desserts is the perfect way to cut down on portion size and calories without sacrificing flavor. When indulgences are this small, your friends and family are allowed to splurge!
CAROLE BLOOM is a professional pastry chef and confectioner. She studied at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine et de Pâtisserie in London, and the E. Rosa Salva Pasticceria in Venice, and has worked at the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, and Mille Fleurs Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. Her articles and recipes have appeared in Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Eating Well, and Gourmet, and she has appeared on ABC World News This Morning, CNN, and the Today show. Her eight previous cookbooks include The Essential Baker and Truffles, Candies, and Confections.
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It just came out of the oven and wow! I made the first recipe in the book- brown sugar and cornmeal mini bundt cakes. They are ever so slightly lemony and the crunch from the cornmeal is a nice surprise.
They whipped up quickly and I really appreciated the weight measurements in the recipes as I find this a more accurate way of cooking. I also like the smaller portions and recipe output. With a small family, I don't need three dozen mini bundt cakes hanging around the house. A dozen is perfect- I can provide dessert for us, and have a plateful to pass out to neighbors and friends.
I am thinking I might want to "bake my way through this book."
Off to figure out which recipe to prepare next...
The desserts were a huge hit and I want to complement Carole on her book. I found the sections on "'keeping" and "making a change" very useful too. I liked the overall selection of the recipes in the book and will certainly try to make many more.
There was only a slight issue for me with listing all the ingredients in one list and not separating them into a list for a dough or batter and for a topping or frosting. Couple times I put the whole amount (of sugar for instance) in the batter or dough and later as I was following the steps did I realize my mistake. Luckily I tested the recipes in small batches before I made a bigger amount. Once I figured the organization of the ingredients I carefully read each recipe before making it (which should always be done anyway) and noted on the margins the correct amounts. But this issue still did not detract from the overall value of the book.
Carole's book will be on my Christmas shopping list for all my friends who share my passion of baking.
Thanks for a great book.
Bite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats, from Cupcakes and Cobblers to Custards and Cookies